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English definition of “cling”

cling

verb [I]    /klɪŋ/ (past tense and past participle clung  /klʌŋ/)
to hold tightly or to stick; to refuse to stop holding: They clung together in terror. We were soaking wet and our clothes clung to us. fig. Farmers and herders cling to the valleys (= stay in the valleys) where the soil is less sandy.
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